refrigerate hardy Lycoris sprengeri seedling pots?

James Waddick
Sun, 05 Jan 2014 09:41:10 PST
Dear Gastil and all, 

	I grow L. spregneri easily in the kansas City MO area-Zone 5/6 without problems. I have no direct experience in much warmer zones, but I have hard from growers that this and other species with spring foliage do not do well in warmer climates such as the Pacific Coast, Gulf Coast and S. E. The apparently require a cold dormancy.

	You may have much more satisfaction growing the species with fall foliage such as L. radiata, L. albiflora, L. haywardii etc. The news 2014 catalog from Plant Delights Nursery list a number of new L. haywardii selection which should do very well in your zone (I think). 

	Even if you cool the dormant bulbs, they will need this EVERY winter  and they tend to not do as well inputs as in the ground. A loosing combination. 		Best of luck		Jim W. 

On Jan 5, 2014, at 10:49 AM, M. Gastil-Buhl <> wrote:

> Should I refrigerate pots of L. sprengeri seedlings to simulate the  
> cold winter they expect?
> After reading the 'Garden Lycoris and More' pdf from the pbs wiki  
> Lycoris page I realize the Lycoris sprengeri I have been anxiously  
> watching and waiting to re-emerge are not due to leaf out until spring  
> and expect a cold winter, hardy to zone 5. I am guessing perhaps  
> I should have put the pots into the refrigerator for a couple months.  
> I may try this now.

James Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd
Kansas City, MO 64152-2711
Phone     816-746-1949

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